A good chance to know China!

I will be happy to write about my experiences. Here are my thoughts:


Americans and Europeans have direct experience with multiple other cultures. Americans usually learn about Mexico or European countries such as England, France, Germany, and Italy. Europeans usually learn about America and other European countries. Because all These countries are often similar culturally and linguistically, it leads people to believe that the world's people are not extremely different from one another, and that it is not difficult to learn about another language/ culture from a book. I had this mindset before coming to China, but it changed very quickly.


Chinese and China cannot be learned best in a class or a book, they have to be directly experienced. They differ from America and English in many unexpected ways, and are very difficult to understand without lots of time and effort. From reading "The Dream of the Red Chamber," I had some foundational ideas about Chinese people before I came, but these were quite vague, and not completely correct.


However, they were thankfully enough to interest me in this awesome country and language. I am extremely thankful for this opportunity to not only come to China, but live in a Chinese household and interact with Chinese people everyday.


It has been an unforgettable experience, and I look forward to sharing all of my stories with friends and family all over the world.